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Flor de santidad (1973)

A beautiful teenage shepherdess named Adega sleeps one night with a mysterious pilgrim in a barn of impoverished and superstitious Galicia of the nineteenth century. The overwhelming ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Eliana De Santis ...
Electus, el ciego
Francisco Balcells ...
Señora del pazo
Charo Soriano ...
Sabela, la Galana
Mari Paz Ballesteros ...
Hija del molinero
María Bassó ...
Juana del Bretal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Enrique Camacho ...
Oficial Menor
Francisco Casares ...
Clérigo Aldea
Antonio Cintado ...
Oficial Mayor
Amparo Climent ...
Moza de la venta
Vicente Cuesta ...
Hijo Ventera


A beautiful teenage shepherdess named Adega sleeps one night with a mysterious pilgrim in a barn of impoverished and superstitious Galicia of the nineteenth century. The overwhelming fanaticism of the villagers motivates them to consider the outsider an envoy of Satan, reason why they deny him the lodging. The pilgrim, on the other hand, will react by cursing the people with plague and misery. Written by jsanchez

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26 March 1973 (Spain)  »

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Flower of Holiness  »

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Strange film based on Galician legends about a shepherdess seduced by a pilgrim , being heavily censored
23 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

1853 , Lugo , Galicia , during Isabel II kingdom , a Camino Santiago walker arrives in a small location , and he asks for lodging , but the villagers think of being an envoy of Satan , that's why they deny him . After that , the suspicious pilgrim (Francisco Balcells) , who travels throughout country , meets a gorgeous girl shepherdess named Adega (Eliana De Santis of short career) and sleeps one night in a barn of a village . Then , the orphan girl is pregnant and on the one hand some villagers (as the blind beggar Ismael Merlo) considerate her future baby to be born from God , adoring her as a Saint Virgin , and on the other hand other natives of Galicia deem to be born from devil . Meanwhile , the mysterious as well as diabolical outsider will react by cursing the superstitious people with evil , misery , badness , plagues and wicked things . At the end takes place a trial led by authoritarian Inquisitors (presided by priest Antonio Casas who is also Carlista rebellion leader) against the wretched Adega nicknamed ¨La Santiña¨, judging , and condemning her ; motivating them to consider as a possessed girl and suspicious of witchery.

A Galician fiction crammed with witchery as well as mysterious touches and based on traditional oral legends and allegedly actual facts happened during the ¨hunger year¨ , 1853 , in the impoverished and superstitious Galicia of the nineteenth century . Set in Mondoñedo , Lugo , Galicia where this film was filmed , there took place an ¨Auto De Fe¨ in which some witches were judged . Based on the novel by Ramón del Valle-Inclán and writing credits by Pedro Carvajal and Adolfo Marsillach . The tale bears remarkable resemblance to ¨El amor¨(1948) an episode directed by Robert Rosselini , but based on Sicilian legends . Director/writer Marsillach describes the overwhelming fanaticism of the villagers as well as the military clashes between the liberal Isabelinos and the Ultra-Catholic Carlists following to throne pretending , Carlos Maria De Isidro , Fernando VII's brother . The yarn seems to be a metaphor about the terrible consequences of the Civil War . At the end occurs the witches imprisonment , adding some surprising scenes shot in ¨Furia Del Baus¨ performance style , including firing parties , little orgies , popular dances and a weird swimming/fishing ceremony with brief nudism . Entertaining though slow-moving superstition and witchery film with abundant sensationalistic scenes and provoking style . The film displays a strong criticism against the Spanish Inquisition , arresting , judging and torturing to extract 'confessions' . Other film dealing with witchery are the followings : the classy ¨Haxam¨ by Benjamin Christiensen and ¨Dies Irae¨ by Carl Theodor Dreyer . In Spain was shot ¨Inquisition¨ by Jacinto Molina , ¨Akellarre¨ and ¨Leyenda Del Cura De Bargota¨ by Pedro Olea . The movie has engaging frames and some spectacular ¨mise in scene¨ , being well set with acceptable production design , including noisy markets , eerie forests full of fog , impressive battles with lots of extras , and several other things . Atmospheric musical score by Carmelo Bernaola along with evocative and colorful cinematography by Fernando Arribas , being filmed on location in Mondoñedo , Lugo , Galicia .

The motion picture was regularly directed by Adolfo Marsillach and it failed at box office , that's why it was heavily censored , the flick had several cuts that makes it confuse and hard to follow . Here Adolfo plays a cameo and his wife Teresa Del Rio has an essential role . Marsillach was good cinema and stage actor , if fact when he was acting in ¨Sócrates¨ was hired to direct this film , as he brought all stage actors to play ¨Flower of holiness¨. Marsillach was son and grandson of journalists and theater critics . He studied law in Barcelona finishing his career in 1951 . He debuted in cinema and theater in 1947, and as a theater director in 1956 . In 1965 he became the director of the Teatro Español de Madrid , and in 1972 directed his first and last film , this Flower of holiness . He married three known actresses as Amparo Soler Leal , Teresa del Río and Mercedes Lezcano . And father of Cristina Marsillach and Blanca Marsillach . Adolfo starred successful and prestigious films of all kind of genres , such as : Sesión Continua , La Ciutat Cremada , Paz Empieza Nunca , Mi Calle , 091 Policía Al Habla , Maribel Y La Extraña Familia , Salto a La Gloria , El Frente Infinito , Torrepartida and Tulipan Negro . And TV Series as La Señora García Se Confiesa and Ramon Y Cajal .

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